New shit hot off the presses from the homies De La Soul. From their upcoming album entitled “You’re Welcome”
My old friends from De La Soul stormed through town last week, along with Jay Electronica and Dres of Black Sheep for the closing weekend of the North Coast Music Festival. Chicago heads on deck included Dirty MF, O Type Star and a slew of others.
Happy 20th year to my extended fam!
The current issue of TONY features an interview with Posdnuos, one third of hip-hop’s big innovators De La Soul. The band’s current tour, 20 Years High and Rising, celebrates the 20th anniversary of De La Soul’s hugely influential 3 Feet High And Rising album. You can read the article here.
Time Out New York: You were 19 years old when you made 3 Feet High—and seemed so unself-conscious about the sorts of things teenage boys are normally self conscious about. Rapping about talking fish in “Tread Water,” for example…
Posdnuos: Well, I think we were independent, but also with us being around each other, like minds help just put more confidence in what you’re doing, and you don’t feel like you need to sway away from it. And being in high school even right before, while we were even working on a lot of material, you know, we hung around a lot of really cool people, we weren’t, like, nerds or anything, but we just had our own way of thinking about things and dressing. And like I said, people around you sort of gravitate toward you because you find yourself thinking the same, trying the same things. So I mean we all love what Run-D.M.C. did or was still doing, or Rakim or all the rappers at the time. Even Public Enemy, for that matter. But we just knew that we just naturally had to come up with what we wanted to. We weren’t gonna copy or bite what someone else was doing.: Continue Reading: